This is the second in a series that seemed like a good read. I really wasn't sure about it, but someone I know who likes mysteries recommended it to "break up" all the romance novels I had been reading of late. I immediately went and read book four, and have now begun book one. Okay, so it's completely out of order, but THESE ARE GREAT BOOKS!!! The mysteries have been well written, the characters are well rounded, the stories are fun! There are times that I have found paranormal books can be as harsh on Christianity as Christianity can be on the paranormal, but that judgement is not to be found in these books. Oh, you may run across a character who has that opinion, but the tone of the books does not show disrespect to any belief system. Instead, I think they have a very nice balance to them. Thought provoking without being heavy. Maggie deals with her love life, belief systems, small town life, and family dynamics all as she approaches her 30th birthday. This is definitely my newest addiction. I'm a true and steadfast fan of this series. May the books keep coming!!
Honestly, I felt that the description on the back was a bit misleading. I don't view the main character as a witch at all. If I had to label her, I'd say she's an empath testing the waters of paranormal investigations. Felicity identifies as a witch and I think that's fine, but saying Maggie is a new witch just didn't feel quite accurate to me. But, that's mostly just me nitpicking over word choice. :)
Anyway, I love this book and the series so far. The whole paranormal cozy genre is fantastic. What a concept! This book is a great example of the genre. I thought the mystery was engaging and quite a bit seedier than I anticipated. In fact, the plot was actually quite dark by the end. Overall, I really enjoyed it and I can't wait for the next one. :)
Another great book in the Bewitching Series! This is the 2nd book in the series! Both books have been good but this one I think was a tad bit better! Can't wait for the next one to come out!
The narrator has a pleasant voice. The paganism described is rather silly, that American eclectic white-light variety whose goddess has no name (apparently all gods are one); but hey, it's fiction. The protagonist is a little too blind to things obvious to the reader, and a little too ready to walk into the villain's clutches, but those are common problems in mysteries and don't, in this case, ruin the story, which is an enjoyable one.
This is the 2nd in the Bewitching Mystery series. This is a great series! The characters and storyline are really good! I can't wait for the 3rd one to come out in December.
From the back of book:
Maggie O'Neill was just a small-town girl, stuck in a dead-end job--until she started working at Enchantments, Stony Mills finest mystical antique shop.
Now Maggie is Indiana's newest witch. Learning to cope with her newfound powers is tough enough, but add to that keeping the stock at Enchantments organized and remembering to tape reruns of her favorite show, Magnum, P.I., and Maggie's got a full plate.
But when she witnesses an altercation between a local teen princess and another customer in Enchantments--and later the girl turns up dead--she feels compelled to investigate. Though the police are at a loss, Maggie has some tricks up her sleeve, or to be more specific, some spells, charms, and mystical intuitions. And with the help of her boss (and favorite witch) Felicity Dow, Maggie is spellbound and determined to get to the bottom of this murder.